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As retirement stretches over the horizon, it’s in danger of disappearing into the abyss

Miriam O'Callaghan


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Politicians lecturing us about the need to work beyond 66 will not face the same harsh realities as the average person. Photo: Stock image

Politicians lecturing us about the need to work beyond 66 will not face the same harsh realities as the average person. Photo: Stock image

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Reuters

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Reuters

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Politicians lecturing us about the need to work beyond 66 will not face the same harsh realities as the average person. Photo: Stock image

There will be no more kicks on “route 66”, at least if Micheál Martin has his way on pensions. “This idea of retiring at 66 will have to go,” says the Taoiseach.

Such a thought is a dream for those eyeing up another decade in a job they love or a business they run. However, it’s a nightmare if they’re already creaking; arms, neck, knees or hips shot after 40 years of building, slabbing, hauling, cleaning, cutting. Jobbing writers, too, can fall into the work-crocked category.


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